This past summer, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge had everyone talking, and although it had good intentions and raised awareness and money for the cause, some people put a negative spin on it. Such was the case for a group of teens in Ohio who decided to do their version of the ice bucket challenge using urine, feces and tobacco spit, and pour it over the head of a peer with autism. Now, complaints have officially been filed against them in juvenile court.
Reports say that in mid-August, five teens between the ages of 14 and 16 decided to humiliate a student with autism by coercing him to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but instead of filming the bucket of ice water poured over his head, they filmed the disgusting bucket of waste poured over his head.
Now, a complaint has been filed against all five juveniles, and police have asked that three of them come to the police station, along with their parents, to surrender and be booked. Reports say that those three will then be released “pending an Initial Juvenile Court appearance.” The other two involved in the disgusting act “will be summoned to appear before the Juvenile Court Intake and Diversion Office.”
“The victim and the five charged juveniles were and are friends and classmates,” said First Assistant County Prosecutor Duane Deskins, according to WFSB. “They regularly associate with one another and, at times, engage in distasteful and sophomoric pranks. However, this incident is clearly different. It crossed a moral and legal line, and even the five alleged perpetrators understand that and have expressed regret.
“The charges recommended in this case strike a balance between punishment and rehabilitation,” Deskins added. “As the second oldest Juvenile Court in the country, the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court has a mission to ‘administer justice, rehabilitate juveniles, support and strengthen families, and promote public safety.’ The judges at Juvenile Court routinely see cases equally or more severe than this one and have a broad spectrum of tools, including detention, community service and diversion, to meet its mission and to deliver justice for the victim, his family and the entire Bay Village community.”
The incident, which occurred on August 18, wasn’t reported to police until September 3.